My early interest in writing made classmates wince when I won a trip to Springfield, Ill., in sixth grade by penning an essay on "Americanism." The efforts paid off when I was photographed with a lifelike mannequin of Abe Lincoln.

While attending Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, I served as arts editor of the campus newspaper and wrote "Tomfoolery," a weekly humor column. 

After college, I launched my career as a catalog copywriter at retro retailer Montgomery Ward. My inaugural assignments involved toys, sporting goods, farm implements, health products and musk fragrances for men.

It set the tone for an eclectic, provocatively scented career.

Following work at Lerner Newspapers in the advertising department and as a stringer, I landed at Eisaman, Johns & Laws Advertising where I wrote print and radio ads for client WGN-TV.

Currently, as an independent writer, I have worked on projects ranging from marketing campaigns and employee communications to comedic scripts for live events.

I also am part of the creative team at The Rodgers Group, Ltd., a Chicago communication firm, and have collaborated on projects with FunnyWorks, Inc., a Los Angeles-based consulting company that brings humor to the workplace.

Essays, features and humor have appeared in publications that include Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Chicago Literati and Thread. I was among winning writers featured as part of You Write Funny One Day – a comic essay competition sponsored by StoryStudio Chicago.

I have contributed to PleasureTown, a fictional story-based serial produced for the WBEZ podcast network. I've also performed readings of original first-person, nonfiction stories at live literary venues throughout Chicago, including Printers Row Lit Fest, Story Sessions, Essay Fiesta, Story Club, That's All She Wrote, Story Jam, This Much is True, Here's the Story, and Kindling Tales.